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Volunteer fire fighter killed and career chief injured during residential house fire - Tennessee.

Braddee RW; Frederick L
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE F2002-12, 2002 Sep; :1-9
On March 1, 2002, a 21-year-old male volunteer fire fighter (the victim) died after becoming separated, disoriented, and lost as he, the Chief, and other fire fighters were trying to escape from the interior of a fully involved house fire. Two fire fighters eventually pulled the victim out of the house into the front yard, but he was unresponsive and not breathing. The victim received cardiopulmonary resuscitation and was transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should: ensure that Incident Command (IC) conducts a complete size-up of the incident before initiating fire fighting efforts, and continually evaluates the risk versus gain during operations at an incident. Departments should also ensure that the first officer or fire fighter inside evaluates interior conditions and reports them immediately to Incident Command; ensure that adequate numbers of staff are available to operate safely and effectively; ensure that a Rapid Intervention Team is established and in position immediately upon arrival; use evacuation signals when command personnel decide that all fire fighters should be evacuated from a burning building or other hazardous area; ensure that a separate Incident Safety Officer, independent from the Incident Commander, is appointed; ensure that team continuity is maintained; ensure that ventilation is closely coordinated with the fire attack; instruct and train fire fighters on initiating emergency traffic (Mayday-Mayday) when they become lost, disoriented, or trapped; ensure that backup lines are equal to or larger than the initial attack lines; ensure that fire fighters are equipped with a radio that does not bleed over, cause interference, or lose communication under field conditions
Firemen; Fire-hazards; Fire-fighting; Fire-fighting-equipment; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Injuries; Accident-prevention; Emergency-responders; Region-4
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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